Rounds 1&2 of the 2015 GT Asia series brought mixed results for Craft Bamboo Racing & Richard Lyons.
“Its great to be back in GT Asia and to do a complete season. The Korean International Circuit is certainly a very challenging circuit, so far so good. We have been quite quick in all sessions”
Making his debut at the Korean International Circuit, Lyons dominated both Un-Official and Official practice in his Aston Martin Vantage and took pole position in Qualifying for the opening round.
Round 1 Saturday 16th May
After a combative few opening corners and a yellow flag Lyons unexpectedly found himself down to 4th. Lyons rallied and clawed back the lost places up to 2nd with a great battle against the McLaren 650s of Andrea Caldarelli but could not chase down the lead car before driver change. Richard’s team mate Frank Yu guided the Aston home to claim a solid 3rd place podium finish after a nail biting bid for the win fell just short.
“The start was really good, it was just a case that you have two long straights, one after the other, which was always going to be hard. I knew if I got into the lead coming down the first straight I was going to be slip-streamed which would force me to defend position on the run into turn three, and I got swamped and had to watch for cars down the inside, and the outside. In the end I went wide. I couldn’t turn across on the car on the inside, and I knew James was on the outside and I didn’t want to make contact because it’s the first race of the season, so I did the conservative thing and fell back into position and then had to get the head down.”
Round 2 Sunday 17th May
Starting P7 round 2 Frank Yu handed off to Lyons with the Aston sitting in 4th. Lyons turned in lap after lap of super quick times including a 2m:06.567s which beat his own pole winning lap time from Saturdays round 1.
Unfortunately a gear box glitch put Lyons’ #88 Aston Martin out of contention and finished down the order in 9th position.
“Tough end to a promising weekend. Frank had a great opening stint to get us up to 4th, but with a pit stop penalty carrying over from race 1 success, we dropped to p6. I took over and set lap record after lap record to get to 3rd and 2nd looked easy takings, only for a gearbox glitch to drop us to p9.”